When/where: 7 p.m. Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa
TV/radio: Fox Sports 1; KCSP (610 AM)
The series: Kansas leads 49-37-6
The line: Iowa State by 6
Whats at stake
One streak is over: The Jayhawks snapped a 27-game Big 12 losing streak last week in a 31-19 victory against West Virginia. One streak remains: Kansas has lost 23 straight games on the road. The Jayhawks should have a decent chance of burying another skid, while Iowa State is trying to end a seven-game losing streak and escape the Big 12 cellar.
The offensive surge continues. Against West Virginia last week, Charlie Weis spread his receivers sideline to sideline and used the extra space to punish the Mountaineers on the ground. Perhaps the Jayhawks have found an answer on offense.
Kansas gets burned by Iowa State quarterback Grant Rohach. Last year, Cyclones quarterback Sam Richardson came out of nowhere and torched KU in Lawrence. This year, the Jayhawks will face Rohach, who has thrown for 577 yards and completed just 53 percent of his passes since replacing Richardson in the starting lineup.
Three things about Iowa State
1 Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads has already clinched his worst campaign at Iowa State. In his fifth season in Ames, Rhoads has qualified Iowa State for three bowl games and never lost more than seven until this year.
2 Iowa State linebacker Luke Knott, a graduate of Lees Summit West, is out for the season after suffering a hip injury earlier this year. Knott, a quarterback in high school, is the younger brother of Jake Knott, a former Cyclones standout now with the Philadelphia Eagles.
3 The Cyclones rank 90th in the country in passing yards (199.9) and 99th in rushing yards (128.0).
Kansas running back James Sims vs. Iowa States defense: Sims is coming off a career day against West Virginia, rushing for 211 yards and three touchdowns. Sims has quietly become the third-most prolific rusher in school history. He has two more games to add to his 3,396 career rushing yards.
Rustin Dodds pick: Kansas 24-17
The Jayhawks should take some momentum in Ames. And for the first time in what feels like years, Kansas could have a more talented roster than an opponent. If they can handle the cold, KU might just pick up its first road victory since 2009.
KANSAS (3-7, 1-6 Big 12)
|Sept. 7||South Dakota||W, 31-14|
|Sept. 14||at Rice||L, 23-14|
|Sept. 21||Louisiana Tech||W, 13-10|
|Oct. 5||Texas Tech||L, 54-16|
|Oct. 12||at TCU||L, 27-17|
|Oct. 19||Oklahoma||L, 34-19|
|Oct. 26||Baylor||L, 59-14|
|Nov. 2||at Texas||L, 35-13|
|Nov. 9||at Oklahoma State||L, 42-6|
|Nov. 16||West Virginia||W, 31-19|
|Saturday||at Iowa State||7 p.m.|
|Nov. 30||Kansas State||11 a.m.|
IOWA STATE (1-9, 0-7 Big 12)
|Aug. 31||Northern Iowa||L, 28-20|
|Sept. 14||Iowa||L, 27-21|
|Sept. 26||at Tulsa||W, 38-21|
|Oct. 3||Texas||L, 31-30|
|Oct. 12||at Texas Tech||L, 42-35|
|Oct. 19||at Baylor||L, 71-7|
|Oct. 26||Oklahoma State||L, 58-27|
|Nov. 2||at Kansas State||L, 41-7|
|Nov. 9||TCU||L, 21-17|
|Nov. 16||at Oklahoma||L, 48-10|
|Nov. 30||at West Virginia||3 p.m.|
IOWA STATE OFFENSE
IOWA STATE DEFENSE
|P||13||Kirby Van Der Kamp||6-4||211||Sr.|
Rustin Dodd, firstname.lastname@example.org